New Evidence Could Favor Willie Davis

By: Meredith Stancik
By: Meredith Stancik

A twist came Friday in the capital murder trial of Bryan resident Willie Davis that could change the complexion of the case.
The 67-year-old watched as defense attorneys questioned evidence presented by prosecutors, outside the presence of the jury.

The state says they previously learned about information regarding Boris Mogilevich, one of the alleged hitmen in the Tommy Andrade murder investigation.

Prosecutors said Mogilevich's attorney told them that Mogilevich had blood covering his face when he fired the gunshot that ended Andrade's life.

If the information is true, it could mean the shooting was not intentional and doesn't warrant a capital murder charge, rather a murder charge.

85th District Judge J.D. Langley gave the defense Friday afternoon to try and contact Mogilevich's attorney.

As of late Friday evening, there were no new developments.

On Friday morning, the defense called several witnesses to the stand, including country music star Johnny Bush.

Bush, known for writing the song "Whiskey River," testified he leased a tour bus from Willie Davis several times in August 2003, the month of the murder. However, he said he never used the bus during the week of August 7th, the time of Andrade's death.

Bush also testified he paid Davis in cash for his services, about $500 a day, inferring that could be the way Davis made some of his money.

Bush said Davis also drove the tour bus, taking the country crooner to venues across the United States.

Prosecutors declined to question Bush.

Two of Davis' acquaintances also took the stand in his favor, adding to the list of character witnesses the defense has called the past two days.

Eddie Putz, Davis' fishing buddy, took the stand in Davis' defense.
Putz testified he met Davis in the 1980's and that they've been fishing in tournaments ever since.

Putz's testimony contradicted witness testimony from earlier in the trial.

Witnesses have contended Davis used his boat to haul pounds of marijuana.

Also, Texas Ranger Frank Malinak testified earlier, he was told Davis went fishing, but never came back with any fish, inferring he used the boat instead for the Davis drug conspiracy.

Putz said Davis used his boat for fishing and would never come home with fish, because tournaments were "catch and release."

The most compelling witness to take the stand was the ex-wife of Willie's son, Chad.

The defense cross-examined Shanna Diaz, asking her to name the dominant figure in the Davis family.
Diaz testified Trey Davis was subordinate to his father, but Chad Davis was the dictator in the relationship.

"If Chad said to do it, it would have to be done," Diaz testified.

However, when prosecutors asked Diaz how much she knew about the relationship outside of a daily basis, she said none.
Diaz testified she did not know the Davis family was involved in drug trafficking and was not privy to those conversations.

Testimony will continue at 9 a.m. in the 85th district courtroom.

Davis is accused of orchestrating the death of Tommy Andrade and driving two hitmen across state lines after the shooting.
If Davis is convicted of the crime, he will automatically be given a sentence of life in prison.


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